About Weldon's Practical Needlework

From Interweave Press:

About 1885, Weldon’s began publishing a series of fourteen-page monthly newsletters, available by subscription, each title featuring patterns and instructions for projects using a single technique.

About 1888, the company began to publish Weldon’s Practical Needlework, each volume of which consisted of twelve issues (one year) of several newsletters bound together with a cloth cover.

Each volume contains hundreds of projects, illustrations, information on little-known techniques, glimpses of fashion as it was at the turn of the twentieth century, and brief histories of needlework. Other techniques treated include making objects from crinkled paper, tatting, netting, beading, patchwork, crewelwork, appliqué, cross-stitch, canvaswork, ivory embroidery, torchon lace, and much more.

From 1999 through 2005, Interweave published facsimiles of the first twelve volumes of Weldon’s Practical Needlework.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Translating Written Instructions Argh!

Quick update on the lace edgings project:

I am now on my second attempt to correctly "translate" LONG rows of written instructions into a chart.  Good grief, it's difficult.  My first try was riddled with errors.  I'm going to attempt to use my second attempt tonight, and hopefully it's all correct.

The eyes cross on about row 25 of "make 1, knit 2 stitches together, knit 1, do this two more times, knit 3..." repeated more times than I can apparently easily count :-)


  1. I recommend photocopies and highlighters. I usually use pink and green to separate sections of each row and then I can double check that section is correct in the chart before going on with the rest of the row.

    Sometimes it's the only way to get through the wall of text :)

  2. Unfortunately the pages of the Weldon's books (the republished ones from Interweave/Piecework) don't scan or photocopy well at all, the type comes out really blurry.

    I use sticky notes, an index card, a pencil to mark off what I've done, my index finger to mark where I am on a row. And still mess up :-( I'm thinking about paying one of my kids to read each line slowly as I type. Though I don't think I have enough money to talk one them into it lol.